Wildlife Rehabilitation

If you believe you have found an injured or orphaned wild animal, we are here to help! If you have questions, please call or Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic Mon-Fri 9:00am-5:00pm or Sat-Sun 9:00am-4:00pm at (517) 548-5530.

If you have located an injured animal outside of these hours, keep the animal warm in a dark, quiet place away from people and pets until you can reach us. We also advise that you do not feed the animal until consulted by our staff. You’re welcome to leave us a voice message with your name and phone number.  You can also check the Michigan Department of Natural Resource’s website for a list of Michigan’s licensed wildlife rehabilitators organized by county.



Please note we CANNOT receive bats, skunks, mute swans, raccoons, starlings, house sparrows or pigeons due to permit regulations. For assistance with these species, find a licensed wildlife rehabilitator on the DNR website. We are also unable to receive domestic pets or farm animals. Please remember it is illegal for anyone to keep or care for wild birds or mammals without state or federal permits. Thank you for your understanding and for caring about Michigan’s wildlife!

Occasionally, when a wild animal cannot be released back to the wild, they may become a resident of our Wild Wonders Wildlife Park, which 30 different types of native-Michigan species call home and serves as an educational zoo for the public.


The Howell Nature Center has been caring for wild birds and mammals since 1982. In those 30+ years, our goal has remained the same: Rehabilitate injured and orphaned wildlife in order to return physically and socially healthy birds, mammals, and other animals to their natural environment – AND – educate area citizens about the wild animals that share our world.


The Howell Nature Center is fully licensed by the Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, our wildlife clinic sees more than 4,000 wild birds, mammals, and other animals each year.  It is the largest facility of its kind in the state of Michigan. Our Rehabilitation Supervisor oversees the care of the animals, in cooperation with other staff, interns, and many volunteers.


The Wildlife Rehabilitation program at the Howell Nature Center is funded by private party donations, business sponsorships and special event proceeds. While we are licensed by state and federal government departments, we are not funded by any governmental agencies. LEARN MORE + SUPPORT wildlife rehabilitation and educational programs.


LEARN ABOUT VOLUNTEERING at the Howell Nature Center. Caring for wild animals requires many hours and resources.



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